The army is considering plans to station soldiers and high-velocity surface-to-air missiles on top of a block of residential flats to ward off any airborne terror threats during the Olympics.
Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow, east London, have received a leaflet warning them that a team of 10 soldiers and police will be stationed at the building – home to 700 people – for the duration of the Games.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed ground-based air defence systems could be deployed as part of the Olympic security plan but says it is still evaluating the situation.
Brian Whelan, a resident of the building, said the MoD leaflet said the missiles would only be fired as a last resort.
He said: "They are going to have a test run next week, putting high-velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment, and on the back of it they are stationing police and military in the tower of the building for two months.
"It's a private, gated community with an old watch tower which is now a lift shaft. We have an MoD leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area. It says there will be 10 officers plus police present 24/7. I'm not sure if they are going to live in the building.
false flag anyone